WHO WE ARE

With increasingly demanding compliance, challenging political risks, and intense public scrutiny, there is a strong need for specialised expertise and advice.

The Governance Group is a consultancy committed to helping clients navigate risks and opportunities. Our work is based on global standards while also premised on local knowledge and solutions. We have real-world experience and can effectively apply the local political and business context and global standards to your issues.

We are highly committed to upholding high ethical standards for our work. All TGG employees and consultants are expected to respect our Code of Conduct


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Joachim Nahem

Founding Partner

joachim@thegovgroup.org

+47 924 82 831

 

Joachim is a founding partner of The Governance Group and trusted advisor to a wide range of stakeholders from government, businesses and civil society. He has a track record of carrying out complex assignments for clients such as NBIM, Storebrand, Equinor and Elkem. Joachim held multiple positions with the United Nations as a senior manager and governance specialist from 2003-2014. He has led the Open Government Partnership Council in Norway and served as a board member of CARE Norway. He holds degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.


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Dr. Maria Gjølberg

Partner

maria@thegovgroup.org

+47 976 649 44

Maria Gjølberg joined The Governance Group as a partner in 2018. She has extensive experience as a sustainability advisor within sustainability reporting, ESG analysis and climate risk management. Maria has 15 years’ experience advising large and small companies, resulting in a strong combination of academic, commercial and practical experience in sustainable business development. She has managed several demanding and complex projects for international companies, including Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Telenor, DNB, ABB, Storebrand, Statnett, Statkraft and Scatec Solar. Her industry expertise centers on the maritime, telecom, finance, energy and real estate sector. Prior to joining The Governance Group, Maria worked as a principal consultant at DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas). Maria is an experienced keynote speaker, lecturer and moderator in various industry, government and civil society events. Maria holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo. 


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Kristian R. Andersen

Partner

kristian@thegovgroup.org

+47 959 38 970

 

Kristian is a trusted advisor within the area of corporate governance and sustainability risk management. Kristian is heading and contributing to projects for clients such as Nammo, KLP and Telenor. He has managed evaluations of board practices, sustainability, risk and performance management at Norges Bank and the Government Pension Fund Global. Previously, he headed external relations for UNDP in Norway, and has worked for Aker Kværner in Norway and the UK.
Kristian holds a post graduate degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and is a Certified Bank Director (University of Cambridge).


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Josefine Eggum

Senior Associate

josefine@thegovgroup.org

+47 480 47 737

 

Josefine has experience from finance and ESG-analysis. She joined The Governance Group from the Sahara Forest Project where she worked with the production of sustainable food, water and energy in dry and desert areas. At present, Josefine is serving clients such as Scatec Solar, KLP and DNV. She previously worked at SEB Merchant Banking within corporate risk and capital structure analysis and advisory. At SEB, Josefine was also involved with work on Green Bonds. She holds an MSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.


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Hannah Hills

Associate

hannah@thegovgroup.org

+47 486 37 676

Hannah is certified in the Global Reporting Initiative’s-GRI standards for sustainability reporting and advises businesses on how to understand and communicate their impact on critical issues such as human rights, governance and corruption. Hannah has experience of both the Norwegian and UK development sector through projects with Norad, the Norwegian MFA, the UK Department for International Development, and various civil society organisations, and provides research and technical support on small and large evaluations relating to human rights, governance, and development. She holds a Masters degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo.


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Annik Cecilie Saxegaard Falch

Associate

annik@thegovgroup.org

+47 990 04 775

Annik has conducted stakeholder and materiality assessments, as well as assisting in sustainability reporting processes for several major listed companies such as Elkem, Scatec Solar and Höegh LNG. She has experience in conducting environmental and social assessments in line with the Equator Principles and reporting in line with standards such as the GRI and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Annik analysed the sustainability reporting of the largest companies on the Oslo Stock Exchange as part of the TGG report “ESG on the Stock Exchange 2019”. Annik holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).


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Amanda Sørum

Associate

amanda@thegovgroup.org

+47 952 22 329

Amanda is joining The Governance Group as an Associate. Amanda has previously conducted a project at Norsk Hydro on materiality analysis and GRI reporting. She has further experience from Nordic Innovation, where she assisted with desk research for their program on Nordic Sustainable Business Transformation, from TerraCycle in London working on facilitating EPR programs, and from Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town on mapping out the business model for a newly established NGO. Amanda holds a Masters degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris with a certificate in Energy and Finance. Additionally, she has studied a semester in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.


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Jannik Arvesen

Special Advisor

jannik@thegovgroup.org

Jannik Arvesen has extensive capital markets experience after nearly 30 years in various positions within the financial services industry. He joins The Governance Group after serving as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Sigma Fondsforvaltning AS, majority owned by Sector Asset Management, where he managed a hedge fund focused on Nordic equity markets. Jannik co-founded Sigma Fondsforvaltning AS in 2006 and was previously Managing Director at Mentor Kapitalforvaltning AS (managed within NorgesInvestor). He has also held the position as CIO at the mutual fund company Vesta Forvaltning AS where he oversaw a family of bond and equity mutual funds. Jannik has broad experience as a Board Member, both from private equity investment funds and family office investment companies, as well as start-up companies. Jannik is a graduate of The Naval School of Physical Education and holds a BA in Political Science from Yale.


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Dan Schneider

Special Advisor

dan@thegovgroup.org

+1 202 494 2418

Dan Schneider has more than 25 years of experience as an expert in criminal law, anti-corruption reform, and the promotion of good governance. Dan worked as a federal prosecutor for 10 years with the United States Department of Justice where he investigated and prosecuted violations of various federal criminal statutes, focusing on bank fraud, money laundering, and other types of white collar crime. Since leaving government service, Dan has served as a university professor, advisor and advocate on issues concerning corruption, governance and the rule of law.  Dan has advised many government agencies and organizations on anti-corruption reform efforts and the promotion of good governance, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Transparency International, the American Bar Association, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, the University of Wisconsin Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


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Jon Vea

Special Advisor

jon@thegovgroup.org

Jon Vea is a seasoned Norwegian diplomat (Ret.) with experience from India, Sweden and as Ambassador to Angola, which included responsibility for the DRC, Gabon and Equitorial Guinea. He also has managerial and advisory experience from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Export Council (now Innovation Norway). Vea is a board member of Transparency International Norway and heads a project for NHO on strategic partnerships between businesses and the Norwegian government in developing countries. Jon maintains an extensive international professional network within business, governments and a range of other sectors.


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Niels Jacob Harbitz

Special Advisor

niels@thegovgroup.org

+47 915 26 584

 

Niels Jacob Harbitz is a course leader and communication advisor with particular expertise in human rights, gender and development. He has previously conducted evaluations and provided policy advice and actionable recommendations to state and civil society agencies, international institutions, and humanitarian aid organisations. Niels Jacob is a team member of The Governance Group´s Angola Human Rights Project and framework agreement with the Norwegian Peace Corps.


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Dr. Isabel Mota Borges

Research Director

isabel@thegovgroup.org

+47 400 53 306

Isabel Mota Borges has a legal doctorate in human rights and environment-related migration from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. She teaches at the University of Oslo and is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Business School (BI) specialising on European law, human rights and business. Borges has previously worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and in several grassroots organisations in Brussels and still acts as a Legal Advisor for DG Internal Market. She has extensive experience with various development initiatives, transnational research projects, strategic dialogue and capacity building including on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Borges is a graduate lawyer from Portugal and member of the Portuguese Law Society. She is currently leading research and training on The Governance Group´s 2018-2021 Angola Human Rights Project.


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Lucilia Monteiro

Senior Advisor

lucilia@thegovgroup.org

Lucilia Monteiro has 20 years of legal and technical expertise within the Portuguese public sector and extensive experience of working on projects related to petroleum and natural resources law and human rights and business training. Lucilia has supported an NVE project (Lund & Co. framework agreement) in Mozambique as well as supported the planning and implementation of two social investment projects of Equinor in Angola. Lucilia is currently supporting The Governance Group in the implementation of a human rights training project in Angola, on behalf of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Luanda.